Volkswagen Air Cooled 1949-1969 Repair Guide

Introduction

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Fig. Fig. 1 Exploded view of the front suspension used on type 1 models



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Fig. Fig. 2 Exploded view of the front suspension used on type 2 models-note the steering gear swing lever in the middle of the lower torsion arm housing



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Fig. Fig. 3 Exploded view of the front suspension used on type 3 models



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Fig. Fig. 4 Cross-sectional view of the front axle mounting



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Fig. Fig. 5 Identification of front suspension components



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Fig. Fig. 6 typical Front Suspension Components-Type 1 Models

Each front wheel rotates on a ball joint mounted spindle (1966-69 models), or on a kingpin mounted spindle (1949-65 models). The spindle is suspended independently by a pair of torsion bars.

The principle of torsion bars is that of springing action taking place via twisting of the bars. When a front wheel goes up or down, the torsion bars are twisted, causing a downward or upward force in the opposite direction.

The supporting part of the Volkswagen front axle is the axle beam, which is two rigidly joined tubes attached to the frame with four screws. At each end of the tubes there is a side plate designed to provide additional strength and serve as the upper mounting point for the shock absorbers. Because the front axle is all-welded, it is replaced as a unit whenever damaged.

 
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